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36 Priest Lake Idaho Get your FishON Priest Lake has a wonderful fishery just waiting for you to enjoy. Many fishermen already know of the variety of species our lake has to offer but many are not aware of the opportunities that exist. Here is a list of the many fish that are available for harvestconsumption with generous daily bag limits to make your efforts worthy of the pursuit Lake TroutBrook TroutRainbow TroutLandlocked Sockeye Salmon aka Kokanee Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Yellow Perch and Sunfish. These fish can be caught year-round. Lake Trout can be caught by trolling jigging or just casting lures from the dock or shore. Brook Trout can be caught by casting lures with bait or fly fishing. Kokanee are primarily caught by trolling. Bass are generally caught by casting traditional lures and with bait such as worms fly fishing is also very productive at certain times of the year. Yellow Perch and Sunfish are a traditional favorite with the kids and are readily caught from shore or the docks. Methods are simple try using worms small jigs etc. under a bobber along the shallow weedy areas near shore. No matter what time of year you are here there is always something available to catch and as an added bonus you will be rewarded with the incomparable scenery that this beautiful gem in the mountains has to offer. Please check the Idaho Fish Game Departments rules and regulations for licensing requirements. Happy fishing by Rich Lindsey PriestLakeKaniksuCoolin LionsClubs Clubs for All Seasons The Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Club was sponsored by the Priest River Lions Club and chartered on April 18th 1980. The Coolin Lions Club is a Branch of the Kaniksu Lions Club and was chartered in October of 2009. Current membership in both Lions Clubs is 93 members and growing. WE SERVE. The KaniksuCoolin Lions Clubs do not slow down in the winter in fact both Lions Clubs are a 4-Season Lions Club. Starting in spring they hold their Lions Health Fair Blood Drive and the Kids Carnival during the Priest Lake Spring Festival. In the summer the second Saturday of June the Lions and the Priest Lake Sportsmen Club hold the Kids Free Fishing Derby where over 400 kids enjoy their hand at trying to catch the Big One. The Annual Lions Roar DinnerAuction held the last Saturday in June raises funds for College Scholarships for local Priest Lake students. This is the Lions biggest fundraiser with these funds they are able to provide assistance to people within the community who are in need of help with sight and hearing medical expenses firewood gas lights food and many other needs. The Coolin Lions hold their July Blood Drive in Ardys parking lot with a huckleberry ice cream cone to follow. The Lions annual Chuck Sterns Memorial Turkey Shoot Bake Sale is held in the fall at the end of September. The Kaniksu Lions hold their September Blood Drive at St. Blanches Catholic Church. During the winter the Priest Lake KaniksuCoolin Lions take advantage of the snow and have sponsored the Vintage Snowmobile races at the USFS airport. The Lions have provided grants to the Priest Lake Elementary School Priest Lake PTO Priest Lake EM Ambulance Priest Lake Search Rescue Priest Lake Hospice West Priest Lake Fire District Coolin Cavanaugh Bay Fire Protection District Priest Lake Groomer Association Priest Lake Nordic Center Priest Lake Library Priest Lake Museum Assn. and the Priest Lake Food Bank. Only through the combined efforts of the Priest Lake KaniksuCoolin Lions Clubs and wholehearted support of the Priest Lake community and its leaders are all these worthwhile projects accomplished. If you are interested in becoming a Lion call Priest Lake Kaniksu President Lion Rick Ruffle at 509 668-1401 or Coolin President Lion Suzanne Duntley at 208 946-7307. by Cheryl Ekler